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The decision on the future tactical air defense system has one thing above all: a long time frame. Accordingly, the parallel Patriot modernization takes place, so that Germany continues to have the absolutely necessary ability to Missile Defense. The Budget Committee approved yesterday the planned by the Ministry of Defense to upgrade the Patriot air defense system for configuration 3+, today's most advanced available configuration, with a budget of around 120 million euros.

"In concrete terms, to be purchased 14 digital radar processors, six modern operating stations for command posts and spare parts. Even technical support is mitbeauftragt to einzurüsten the new facilities in the Patriot devices. Until 2022, the modernized systems will arrive in the troops, "said the notice from the Federal Ministry of Defense. The useful life of this shall reach as far as the 2030th

The MMS have LCD color display with touch screen function, which increases both the clarity and operability significantly. (Photo: Raytheon)

For users, mainly produces the new operator station and Modern Man station (MMS) a significant improvement. The MMS have LCD color display with touch screen function, which increases both the clarity and operability significantly. Threats can be identified earlier and take countermeasures quickly. In addition, the burden on the soldiers by the improved arrangement is significantly reduced.

The new radar digital processor (RDP) is based on a commercially available proven processor and increases the speed of data processing by ten times. In this way, the reliability can be increased by 40 percent and enable the integration of digital and analog components. With the new processor future software upgrades could simply be playing, including new target acquisition or integration of additional sensors. Also, with the new processors, the full integration of the PAC-3 missile in the MSE version (the guided missile developed during the MEADS program would also be applicable to TLVS) possible.

The Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, Poland and the United States are currently all in the process to procure or configuration 3+ to subject their existing units this upgrade. By funding this upgrade, Germany thus remains in line with a majority of the seven other EU and NATO partners that also use Patriot. It also ensures full interoperability with the Netherlands VJTF (L) 2023rd

Dorothee Frank